Clinical & Translational Science

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CTS Program Guide  download pdf

The Clinical and Translational Science (CTS) Program is designed for trainees who seek to affect the translation of research into improved clinical care and public health. The CTS Program offers a PhD Program, a Master's Program, and two distinct certificate options. This menu of training options allows individuals with varying educational goals to develop their clinical research skills.

The PhD, MS, and classroom-based certificate programs are intended for individuals trained in the medical sciences, most commonly fully-trained physicians. Others with similar backgrounds (e.g., DDS, DVM or PharmD) or advanced biomedical or clinical degrees may also be considered. The Online Certificate provides a basic introduction to clinical research for trainees holding an advanced biomedical degree (professional or doctoral degree or master’s degree in a health-related field). Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in the sciences and a demonstrated interest in clinical research will also be considered for the Online Certificate.

The PhD Program in Clinical and Translational Science is coordinated with the MS in Clinical and Translational Science. Most doctoral trainees are admitted to the MS Program and must pass a qualifying examination to enter the PhD Program. Those who already have a MS in Clinical Research or an equivalent degree may apply for direct admission to the PhD program.

There is an option for students enrolled in the Traditional Certificate Program to apply for admission to the MS program, and import their completed courses.

Contact Information









David Kent, MD
Program Director

Administrative Office
11th Floor, 35 Kneeland Street
Phone: 617-636-4999


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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research